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The Western: America’s Story, Part Two  (aired 8/10/2006)
Scholars are divided over American’s fascination with the Old West. Some say the Western film is more flawed and less heroic than movie audiences assume. Others say the films reflect the real hardship and courage of Nineteenth Century America. What do Westerns say about American life? And what do they say about our changing view of history and heroes?

The Western: America’s Story, Part One  (aired 8/3/2006)
The Great Train Robbery, considered by many historians to be the first Western film, premiered a century ago in 1903. In the years that followed, generations of filmmakers turned again and again to the stories from the frontier--the conquest of Indian land, the California Gold Rush, the expansion of the transcontinental railroad and all of the other tales of rugged individualists settling a wild land. Did Hollywood’s silver dreams reflect fact or legend? What do Westerns tell us about America?

Miss Manners: Why Manners Matter  (aired 3/2/2006)
It’s said that Americans have lost their manners, that they are coarse and vulgar, and that such behavior ultimately corrodes our society. This happens whether such behavior occurs in politics, in business or in our personal lives. Today’s guest argues that manners still matter. Has America lost its manners?

Frederick Hart: Shaping the Culture  (aired 8/23/2001)
Through modern art’s many fads and phases, Frederick Hart has remained dedicated to sculpture that reflects what he terms the "nobility of the human spirit."

A Conversation with Sydney Pollack  (aired 5/5/2001)
Think Tank with Ben Wattenberg visits the Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, California, to sit down with Sydney Pollack, one of America's foremost film directors. Over the course of a career that spans more than three decades, Pollack has directed such memorable films as "The Way We Were" (1973), "Tootsie" (1982), and "The Firm" (1993). His 1985 film, "Out of Africa," won him Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director. Pollack joins Think Tank to discuss his life, his work, and the business of making movies.


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